Note: While the Republicans seem to be leading in the Senate by changing their stance, it should be strongly noted that only President Obama and Ron Paul have opposed SOPA or PIPA amongst the presidential candidates.
We had always thought that SOPA and PIPA were wrong for America for more reasons than we could count. From a strictly conservative perspective, adding a new layer of regulations to anything is normally considered bad, but putting it over the internet makes it doubly dangerous. We expected to see a ton in congress jump ship and it made sense that the first batch to bail out would be Republicans.
We simply didn’t think that this many Democrats would hang on.
Of the 18 Senators who jumped ship before the end of the Wednesday Internet Blackout, 16 were Republicans. This is not a win for conservatives. The bill should never have been considered, let alone sponsored, by anyone claiming to appeal to the conservative right and their long-standing tradition of “hands-off” governing with less regulation.
What happened Wednesday is not enough to definitively end either legislation. The retreats that are occurring are, in some cases, strategic. In other words, we can expect the lukewarm opposition to be able to spin it later when a new, better planned series of similar bills are brought up.
It will happen. Even if SOPA and PIPA are DOA, they will return in another form. There’s simply too much money flowing from Hollywood to assume that the battle ends with a defeat of these bills. They’ll tone it down, make the wording less-ambiguous, and attempt to reintroduce a different version of the same concept.
While it’s important to keep an open mind, particularly when their battle against piracy is (for the most part) a righteous one, there must be extreme skepticism and complete scrutiny when this comes up again.
Will more Democrats jump ship in the coming days? Certainly. Can we trust either party to end this altogether. Absolutely not.
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Lorie is a mother of 2 and is the voice of liberals for Conservative Haven. She lives in Annapolis, MD, and volunteers for the President Barack Obama Re-Election Committee.